Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Logan Keeps His Sense of Perspective; Rugby

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Logan Keeps His Sense of Perspective; Rugby

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KENNY LOGAN has bigger worries on his mind than being slated for missing the kicks that cost Scotland victory against Wales in the Six Nations Championship.

The London Wasps wing owns a 300-acre farm in Stirling and the current foot-and-mouth crisis means his family won't be at Twickenham on Saturday to see him face England in the Calcutta Cup.

Logan said: "My cousins would normally come down, but they are staying at home and so is the rest of my family. When people have a go about me missing a few kicks for Scotland, it is all brought into perspective by the real worries and issues that are hitting the farming industry.

"We rent out part of our land to other farmers and we look after their herds and I don't believe people understand just how tough things are for the entire community in farming areas.

"If I didn't have an income from rugby, I just don't know how things would have been in recent years with all the problems hitting the industry.

"It's a tragic situation. The farming community is getting a right kicking and let's hope we can contain the current problem. We are trying to ensure no one comes onto our farm, but my big worry is this latest problem will kill things off for some farmers.

"It affects everyone, including the postman delivering to the farms, someone who works there at weekends for a bit of extra cash and the beaters and gamekeepers. The local shops depend on the farming community to come through the door and it all has a knock-on effect."

The Logans used to have their own dairy herd but now concentrate on arable production and providing grassland for neighbouring farmers. Logan has never lost his sense of Borders community despite moving to London to further his rugby career.

It is a hectic time for the 28-year-old who is under intense scrutiny as Scotland's goal kicker and is preparing for a July wedding to ITV sports presenter Gabby Yorath at Gleneagles Hotel.

Logan proposed to Yorath at the top of the historic Wallace Monument in Stirling last year.

Fourth-placed Wasps are also attempting to clinch a home tie in the Zurich Premiership playoffs and although his goal-kicking has dipped for Scotland in the championship, he is still an important source of points for his club. …

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